FamilEU envisions developing a digital training toolkit for adult trainers and professionals who already work in the areas of family care for many years. The aim of the FamilEU is to equip the social workers and other relevant practitioners in areas of social welfare, provide training to family member, in order in their turn to provide a peer to peer support to members of their families who are in need, facilitate their (re) integration both in the society and in the market where appropriate. FamilEU provides the necessary practical, theoretical and pedagogical framework to train social work professionals, in order to educate EU families to meet and overcome the social, economic and professional challenges in an effective way.
The drawback of this development became apparent during the last few decades: expanding costs of professional support to families, because of which this part of the welfare state cracked. Reducing the expenses of the state and making the welfare system more flexible, became a necessity. The organization of the welfare state has to be reviewed, moreover, professionals have to render help in a different way, with less costs, with a stronger focus on strengthening families, on long-term solutions and training citizens who will be less dependent of professional help.
Thus, FamilEU aspires to integrate the potential of digitally-mediated social environments into the fostering of innovative learning communities for the EU Citizens, and try to capitalize its affordances. The FamilEU envisions developing an online training package to build the capacity of adult member of families with socio-economic problems to act as social workers.
The philosophy and the approach of the project are in the same direction of the EU policies and the Horizon 2020: an inclusive, innovative and secure society in which citizens experience social cohesion and possibilities for productivity and employment. This project focuses on providing training to adults, members’ families with some social or economic problems and by doing this improving social inclusion and participation of citizens, as promoted in Horizon 2020. The project aims to be one of the concrete actions on the road to reach the Horizon 2020 goals. The problem of social exclusion differs in European countries in quantity, scale, but it exists in every European country and there has to be a common focus on how to decrease social exclusion.
It is this new focus for adult training for their social integration, self-support, and financially beneficial for the state. The project envision equipping the adult members of families with new skills and a different attitude and by doing this: focusing on the strengths of families and taking into account the dynamics of the family situation and aiming to improve social inclusion of families.